Mouser Electronics, Inc. today announced the introduction of their updated Solar Power Technology site. Mouser’s updated technology site provides developers with the resources they need to learn about the latest advances in solar power generation systems and the newest components available from Mouser for building solar power systems.
SolarThe updated Solar Power Technology site, available on Mouser.com, contains even more valuable resources for developers interested in learning about the latest advances in solar power systems. The Technology section provides an overview of solar power systems including AC and DC disconnect boxes, the combiner box, and the special cables used to withstand extreme conditions. The heart of any solar power system is the inverter, which takes the DC current generated by the solar cells and converts it to AC current. This site discusses how the newest solar power systems use microinverters, an inverter built into the solar panel itself. With solar panels that use microinverters a row of solar panels tied together in parallel, called solar strings, are effectively generating AC current. This results in more reliable and cost-efficient systems. A block diagram of a microinverter explains the system operates, with links to components used in inverters available from Mouser Electronics.
The Articles section discusses topics such as Solar Energy Harvesting Project to Power a Remote Texas Instruments MSP430 with 2.4GHz Notification and Designing a Solar Powered Remote Sensor. All articles offer an area to post comments and questions to facilitate further discussions on the topic.
The Featured Products section focuses on key products available from Mouser.com that speed and enhance the construction of a solar power generation system. Products include the Panasonic AQZ Series Relays used in disconnect boxes, STMicroelectronics STPSC6H12 Schottky SiC Rectifiers for high power inverters, and the Littelfuse SPXV 1500V Solar Fuses found in combiner boxes. Additional products are available to assist in development of solar power systems including the Texas Instruments C2000â„¢ Solar Inverter Development Kit. All available for same-day shipping from Mouser.com.
Finally, the Resources section lists videos and application notes that discuss device selection and application considerations for solar power systems. Applications discussed include circuit protection, energy harvesting, solar power monitoring, specialized wire and cable, and microinverter designs.
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